ERIC Number: ED347026
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
For My Children: Mexican American Women, Work, and Welfare. Focus Study Report #2.
Quiroz, Julia Teresa; Tosca, Regina
This is the final report of the National Council of La Raza's (NCLR) Focus Study examining the opinions, attitudes, and needs of Mexican American single women, relating to implementation of national welfare reform legislation. Over a 2-year period NCLR staff held focus groups with Mexican American women in four communities: Phoenix, Arizona; Mora, New Mexico; Pharr, Texas; and Kansas City, Missouri. An overview of the first-year study is provided. During the second year the study examined Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), welfare-to-work programs including the Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Program (JOBS), the labor force, and child care. The report concludes that: (1) poverty is the central issue expressed by each focus group; (2) there is a dilemma between working with no health care benefits and depending on welfare with Medicaid; (3) individualized training programs are needed; (4) the women are active in the work force but need stable jobs with health benefits; (5) child care is a major concern of the participants; and (6) participants badly need more knowledge about the AFDC and the JOBS programs. Also discussed are implications for welfare reform in particular, and poverty policy in general. Appendices include: (1) an overview of the 1988 Family Support Act (FSA); (2) study site profiles; (3) participant profiles; (4) a second-year discussion guide; (5) a second-year background questionnaire; (6) a state JOBS program update; and (7) descriptions of state programs. (LP)
Descriptors: Day Care, Employment Level, Fatherless Family, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Females, Focus Groups, Health Needs, Health Services, Job Training, Labor Market, Mexican Americans, Poverty, Program Attitudes, Program Evaluation, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC. Office of Research Advocacy and Legislation.